We scour the bar scene to bring you the new and noteworthy. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! Tim Colman checks out Phat Cat Laundry at Jiak Chuan Road.
With a traditional shophouse exterior, Phat Cat takes the concept one step further with a bar inspired by the Chinese-owned laundry. Once you get past the laundry facade at the entrance, and past the detergent boxes on the wall, you’ll find a long marble bar and a spacious seating area.
The Chosen One:
The cocktails at Phat Cat have been inspired by Asian flavours and culture – some are infused with gourmet teas while others are influenced by Mandopop, Bangkok street food or an Asian interpretation of a classic mix. The Mango Sticky Rice ($26) features rice vodka and coconut rum alongside a mango puree; it’s accompanied by a shot of coconut milk, so you can create the flavour you want.
While there are plenty of cocktails on offer (as well as shochu, sake and whisky) the cheapest option is draft beer. A pint of German brew Hofbräu München Original Lager costs $16, and it’s the perfect drink to wash down any of the gastrobar delights prepared in the kitchen.
Bite on this:
The food ranges from light bar snacks to substantial mains. A dish of Messy Sweet Potato Fries ($14) lets you dip sweet, crispy fries into a runny egg yolk. If you really want to fill up, the Brontosaurus Char Siu Beef Rib ($25) is a huge slow-cooked beef rib covered in a char siu glaze; it will easily feed two. A bit lighter, but still meaty, is the salty Mushroom and Bone Marrow Fried Rice ($16) topped with a fried egg.
Last but not least:
Pairing drinks and food isn’t something everyone knows how to do. Fortunately, Phat Cat’s cocktail list features pairing suggestions. If you’re still not sure, ask the bar staff.
– Tim Colman